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Power of the people

By Coun. Carol Day

Published 10:37 PST, Fri November 12, 2021

Last Updated: 10:59 PST, Fri November 12, 2021

City councillors are blessed to meet with people from all walks of life and it is incredible to see the passion that Richmond citizens have for this wonderful city. 

Whether people are advocating for new cycling paths, more seniors support, more affordable housing, more rental housing or fiscal responsibility, I feel that all the people I meet help me understand what is important to the citizens of Richmond. 

Your city council has a meeting schedule that allows for citizens to get involved in decisions and make presentations either virtually or in person, if pre-registered. 

The next month of meetings are listed below. Here is a link to the full list of council and committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/agendas.htm 

COVID-19 has limited the public’s ability to access City Hall, but through it all, we have maintained the ability to virtually attend meetings and access staff reports. 

Information on how to participate in meetings is located on our website or you can call or email our City Clerk’s Office at 604-276-4007 or CityClerk@richmond.ca.

The Richmond city council voting record is another helpful tool for citizens. It’s an easy-to-use online data base for accessing how council members voted on agenda items and provides links to the staff reports and minutes of the meetings. Here is the link: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/votingrecord/index.html

Other ways to participate and have your voice heard include: 

• Emailing Mayor and Councillors at mayorandcouncillors@richmond.ca

• Contact the City at 276-4000 and ask for department managers who can provide valuable information on topics you’re interested in.

I encourage the people of Richmond to stay involved in their local government because as a city councillor I can do a better job when I know what your concerns are. 

Residents and businesses can access services through signing up for myrichmond.richmond.ca. These include tax and utility information and payments, also available is: 

• Recreation and Activity Bookings

• Traffic Camera Footage requests

• Provide feedback or request a service from the City

• Create or modify your RichmondBC Alert preferences

• Find Child Care

• Pay parking tickets

To participate in several public engagement projects each year, or have a look at past ones, register for www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca. There is also a convenient way to report a crime, learn crime prevention tips and receive alerts by downloading Richmond’s Community Safety app on iPhone or Android (search for Richmond RCMP).

As an engaged citizen you can join the conversation with the dozens of portals and I encourage you to stay in touch, stay active and stay informed, because you live in a city that is better in every way.

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